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Thank you for telling us about your concert experience. Nothing like seeing the Moodies for the first time. It is a magical experience. My first concert was at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas back in 1995. They performed 5 concerts in four days and I got to attend 4 of them. It was so hard to get on the plane to return home knowing that they still had one more concert to perform in Vegas. I could not wait for the next tour.
I remember the smiley face balloons. My first thought was...wow...I thought that only happened at Kenny Chesney concerts. Dozens of beach balls were always released into the stands when Kenny sang "Summertime".
I had to bounce those smiley face balloons backwards a couple of times. I was a bit worried one of them would end up on stage. It was all fun.
The energy in the crowd was amazing. There is nothing like seeing a concert in Nashville. I've been fortunate enough to see Paul McCartney and Dierks Bentley in Nashville too and the energy at those concerts was also so much more intense than you find when you see them in other venues. The artists are always all smiles too.
AlyssaR wrote:What Katie said! (Thanks for a great report, Katie.)
I will just add that my first concert was the Every Good Boy Tour, and I attended heavily in the 70s and 80s, mostly at the Los Angeles forum. Then life intervened - marriage, illness, grad school, deaths in family - and I was living in Europe for a while so I caught the occasional concert there. I was in Cardiff Wales last June to see them.
So this was my first American concert in far too many years. There were a few differences - no Bic lighters during Nights! And fewer interesting herbals in the audience - but the band had the same energy and the same vibe. What really astonished me was the absolute rush of energy in the audience. It wasn't that way even at their height in the 70s, at least not in the giant stadiums. Instead of psychedelia, there was just such an energy of love toward these guys and their music.
BTW, I'm a musician and I have no earthly idea how Justin's voice has held up as it has for so many decades! thank goodness it has.
AlyssaR wrote:Bluelover, you're right, it was amazing. It's nice to have 4 decades of memories. I think my most vivid memory is how still and quiet Justin was in the early years. It's like nothing was going on outwardly for him, but the guitar playing was so accurate and wonderful, and then when he opened his mouth all the emotion came pouring out.
I know he doesn't bop around like John does, but compared with his younger self, he really rocks now!
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